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Or maybe you’d like to read storybooks at bedtime that have an Irish flair or feature the fantastical & fun of St Patrick’s Day.
Here are a few children’s books we recommend for up to 8 years old.
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The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day
“It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold? Natasha Wing’s latest title is told in verse to the same meter of Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas.
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever
The St. Patrick’s Day parade is off to a very fine start.
The Leprechaun family is marching with lots of heart!
Share in their dancing, share in their fun.
You’ll have the luck of the Irish when this day is done!
Top o’ the morning! It’s March 17th, and the Leprechauns are gathered for their favorite day of the year. Join them as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, dancing, and a parade!
The lovely rhyming story is accompanied by lively illustrations.
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
Jamie O’Rourke is “the laziest man in all of Ireland” so when his wife injures her back, Jamie worries that he might starve to death when she can’t do all the gardening and cooking. He discovers a leprechaun who promises him the World’s biggest potato if Jamie lets him go. This Irish folktale features outlandish scenes, beautiful watercolor pictures and a fun story that tries to convey the message that being lazy isn’t worth the trouble.
St. Patrick’s Day Countdown
Count along with the forest friends in this shimmery board book! Five bright green holographic shamrock tabs and fun rhyming text make this a St. Patrick’s Day treat!
Jack and the Leprechaun
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and Jack Mouse is visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland. Sean tells Jack about the myth of leprechauns, and Jack is determined to catch one for himself! Children will delight in learning about Irish folk tales and traditions and the customs of St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning
On March 17, young Jamie wakes up and realizes it’s St. Patrick’s Day. The green sashes are laid out on the table for his father and two older brothers–all ready for them to sport in the big parade. This is all very exciting, but Jamie’s family had told him he was too small to walk in the parade–too young to make it all the way up Acorn Hill. He decides to take matters (and his trusty flute) into his own small hands, and embarks on an early morning walk–all the way up Acorn Hill–with his dog Nell. What did they know? Sure enough, while the village is sleeping, he traverses the parade route to the top of the hill where he greets the sun with a hearty, “A happy St. Pat’s to you, sun.” And, he makes it home before breakfast! While no one finds out what Jamie has done, you suspect that he may tell his family later. Kids will love the fact that Jamie climbs all the way up the hill when everyone said he couldn’t. A simple but satisfying St. Patrick’s Day read-aloud book.
Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day!
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and time to join in the celebration. Children can lift the flaps for interactive fun as they see the children in this book make holiday crafts, taste traditional Irish food, perform a play about Saint Patrick, and even march in a Saint Patrick’s Day parade. As an added bonus, they can search for the hidden leprechaun on each spread. A great way for young readers to learn about and enjoy the holiday.
That’s What Leprechauns Do
PreS-Gr. 2. As a storm subsides, three leprechauns prepare to go to work. Their job? Placing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There’s “no time for mischief along the way,” warns one of the wee fellows, but they can’t help themselves from carrying out a few pranks as “mischief’s what leprechauns do.” So, by the time the group reaches its destination, Mrs. Ballybunion’s cow’s hooves are painted a lovely scarlet, old Jamie Bradley’s woolen long johns are tied into knots, and a chicken appears to have laid a tennis ball. Bunting’s lively telling combines slapstick humor, suspense (will the distracted leprechauns miss the rainbow?), and magical possibilities (“That gold’s waiting for just the right person”). The lovely ink-and-watercolor pictures extend the humor, whimsy, and magic in scenes that contrast the expansive, emerald-green Irish fields with close-ups of the twinkly-eyed, buckle-shoed trio. A great read-aloud, this will strike a chord with children who, like the leprechauns, can’t resist a little mischievous fun.
Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk
When the evil McGoons trick Tim O’Toole out of his fortune, he teams up with his benefactors, the Little People, to regain his treasure. McDermott’s illustrated books (including Caldecott winner Arrow to the Sun) and animated films have earned him international recognition.
St. Patrick’s Day
The children in Mrs. Madoff’s classroom are once again participating in holiday-related activities: wearing something green, writing reports, acting in a play, dancing a jig. Evan is lucky enough to be all Irish, and he shows a picture of himself on a visit to his grandparents in Ireland. At home, he continues to celebrate. Lizzy Rockwell’s clear, vivid spreads evoke an active learning environment (though really now, 10 students?). The title does not mention Catholicism or Patrick’s role as a Saint, and avoids any religious elements in the traditions (the three leaves of a shamrock are usually said to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but not here). However, St. Patrick’s Day has become a secular holiday, and this welcome addition to the series clearly outlines the importance of this day in March on which everyone is Irish.
The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow
When a leprechaun appears and asks Colleen’s help in saving the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, she offers items of different colors to rebuild his lost rainbow.
Rabbit is growing shamrocks in a pretty yellow pot–he’s getting them ready for St. Patrick’s Day so he can wear them for the parade! When his pot of beautiful green shamrocks goes missing, he goes searching . . . will he find them in time?
Story of Saint Patrick’s Day
The story begins with the traditional symbols of the day that are often found in schoolrooms, such as shamrocks, harps, and leprechauns. Then the narrative moves to a short biography of Saint Patrick himself: as a shepherd, as a missionary, and as a teacher. This colorful boardbook ties together the live of Patrick with the traditional images of Ireland.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover
The lovely old lady who swallows things over and over has returned just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Now she’s swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold.
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